One of the top clubs in the English Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur, recently attached an art gallery named OOF which is dedicated to the art of football or football in English terms. OOF started out as a magazine, but opened its doors to the public last month and is hosting its first contemporary exhibition called “Balls”.
The exhibition features 17 works that use or represent soccer balls. A large deflated inky black ball by Marcus Harvey is centered in a room with two contrasting works of a number of balls gathered on opposite walls. On the next floor, The longest balloon in the world by French artist Laurent Perbos that a former Tottenham Hotspur captain lightly punched is unrolled under a piece Abigail Lane titled Self-portrait as a pheasant which is constructed from a soccer ball, bird wings, oil paint, painted wood and glass. Other unusual works such as a ball adorned with nipples created by Argentinian artist Nicola Costantino surprised visitors.
OFA founder and art critic Eddy Frankel, along with gallery owners Jennie and Justin Hammond, wanted to bring together the two worlds of art and football, because Frankel realized that there are a number growing art fanatics who are just as passionate about sport as he is.
“We use football to express ideas about society,” Frankel said. “If you want to talk about racism, fanaticism, homophobia, or if you want to talk about community, belief and passion: all of that you can with football.”
The gallery aroused the interest of the public because they found the gallery to be something different and interesting. The uniqueness stung people’s minds and, in turn, created a whole new enjoyment of both worlds as they built a deeper connection with art emotionally.
Displayed in a 19th-century townhouse adjoining the stadium gift shop, the lion’s share of the works on display are for sale, with some going for up to $ 120,000. Discover the “Balls” exhibition at the OOF Gallery which will be visible until November 21st.
In case you missed it, Banksy has released a recap of the new works titled A great british spray.